Buckeyes’ Vonn Bell getting first start in Orange Bowl?

Ohio State Buckeyes safety Vonn Bell (11) reacts as he runs onto the field before the game against the Purdue Boilermakers at Ross Ade Stadium.

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Vonn Bell sat down with WRCB-TV Chattanooga earlier this week, and said that he will be the one starting over Corey ‘Pitt’ Brown in the Orange Bowl.

Now, the news isn’t exactly coming from one of the usual suspects for Ohio State insights, but it is hard to believe the young freshman wouldn’t be telling the truth.

Bell hasn’t been available to the Columbus media for the past month, but according to Bob Hunter of the Columbus Dispatch when Urban Meyer was asked if Vonn Bell would play more in the bowl, he said, "He’ll play more in this game…He’s earned it on special teams. And he’s a guy that we’re really excited about his future."

Bell was one of the top defensive recruits in Meyer’s class last year and has seen limited playing time this year, with most of it coming on special teams. And after watching what freshman Joey Bosa has done all season with his opportunity, it’s not a stretch to predict that Bell will make some big plays in his first start for the Buckeyes.